Okotoks Outdoor Ice Safety - Gateway Gazette

Okotoks Outdoor Ice Safety

By Gateway Gazette

Jan 10
Fire Services and Municipal Enforcement would like to remind residents that there is a real danger of falling through the ice on storm retention ponds and the Sheep River due to changing water levels. Water quality and changing weather conditions, ice quality and thickness can be significantly reduced. Storm pond water/ice contact is prohibited. It is dangerous to walk, play or skate on any open bodies of water.

Did you know that Parks maintains 8 rinks & 6 toboggan hills?

Rinks are snow cleared and flooded as resources permit on regular business days. The rinks are unsupervised and helmets are strongly recommended. Tobogganing hills are inspected for hazards, but are not groomed. Helmet use while sledding is also strongly recommended.

These amenities are free for public use and a great way to get the whole family active during winter.

Check out the complete list of outdoor community rinks and toboggan hills on the Town website along with notifications on which are open or closed as a result of ice conditions from the changes in weather.

Outdoor Rinks*

January 8, 2018 – Four rinks are now open and ready to use (see Rink Locations below).  Due to above zero daytime highs, Hughes Park will be opened tomorrow. Please stay off rinks when they are soft such as immediately after a flood or on warm afternoons when temperatures are above zero.

Rinks are snow cleared and flooded as resources permit on normal business days. Please stay off the ice while it is being flooded or cleared of snow. Please be courteous to other skaters and adjacent property owners. Recreational skaters have the right of way over hockey play. CSA-approved helmets must be worn when hockey sticks are in hand. The rinks are unsupervised and helmets are strongly recommended.

Kinsmen Rink, Okotoks Recreation Centre, 99 Okotoks DriveOPEN
Ardiel Park, 20 Ardiel DriveOPEN
Cedar Grove Park, 103 Lock CrescentOPEN
Downtown Okotoks, 38 McRae Street (adjacent Olde Towne Plaza)Closed
Suntree Park, 24 Suntree LaneOPEN
Drake Landing, 26 Drake Landing GardensClosed
Westridge Close Park, 118 Westridge CloseClosed
Hughes Park, 197 Woodgate RdClosed
Cimarron Park, 175 Cimarron DriveClosed

Click button below for map of locations.

TOWN OF OKOTOKS SKATING RINKS & TOBOGGAN HILLS MAP 

Toboggan Hills 

Once it snows, they’re good to go! The recent snowfall has been perfect to create a good base for toboggan hills. Please only toboggan at the locations listed below.

Tobogganing hills are inspected for hazards, but are not groomed. Unattended jumps will be removed. Helmet use while sledding is also strongly recommended. These amenities are free for public use and a great way to get the whole family active during winter.

Cimarron Park, 101 Cimarron Drive
Cedar Grove Park, 103 Lock Crescent
Drake Landing Drive Soccer Park, 45 Drake Landing Drive
Henderson Park, 191 Cimarron Vista Way
Kinsmen Park, 111 Oak Avenue (mowed bowl area only)
Wathen Park, 17 Westfall Green

Click button below for map of locations.

TOWN OF OKOTOKS SKATING RINKS & TOBOGGAN HILLS MAP 

How to Get an Outdoor Rink in Your Community

Parks currently maintains nine outdoor rinks at various locations around Okotoks. Locations may change from year to year and there may be an opportunity to bring a temporary outdoor rink to your community. Click here to find out how.

Is there an outdoor boarded rink with hard surface and lights in Okotoks’ future?

In 2015 a ‘best location’ was selected for an outdoor boarded rink with hard surface and lights to be located west of the Okotoks Spray Park.  It was initially going to be located at John Paul II Collegiate but it was determined it wouldn’t fit with their expansion of portables and increased demand for parking.

An amended project business case was brought to the Town of Okotoks administration last fall and the project was B-listed. The cost of adding hard surface and lights put the project around the half million mark, a little steep for 2 months of natural ice at this time. It was decided at the time there was much better value in the Pason Centennial Arena expansion.

After the completion of the Pason Centennial Arena, and the immediate demands for indoor ice have been addressed, Town administration would then look again at the viability of this type of outdoor rink facility.

*please check the Town of Okotoks website for updates on rinks

 

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